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Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:27 am
Edited on: December 1, 2010 11:45 am
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Posted by Chip Patterson

Since his departure from Texas Tech in 2009, Mike Leach has seen his name connected with most of the semi-available jobs in the Bowl Subdivision.  But the recent opening at Miami has someone making a strong pitch for Leach as a candidate - Mike Leach.  

"[Miami] could hire me and we'd have one decade after another of success with students that graduate and don't get into trouble," Leach said to the Palm Beach Post. "...or they can hire somebody else."

Leach, who currently resides in Key West and hosts a three-hour satellite radio program on Sirius, has openly expressed interest in returning to coaching - though his name has not been listed on many of Miami's rumored wish-lists.  He interviewed for Randy Shannon's position in 2006, but the two sides reportedly could not agree on staffing issues with the assistant coaches.  Leach, now with no current employment ties, has gone out of his way to point out his successful coaching record to the people of South Florida. He did not hesitate to mention his ability to prepare players for the NFL, a Miami cornerstone of the last 10+ years.

While Leach does not have any employment ties, he does have some ongoing legal issues surrounding his dismissal from Texas Tech.  Recently, Leach filed a lawsuit against ESPN for the way they handled the reporting of his firing.  It is very possible that those legal issues could prevent Miami (or other programs) from pursuing Leach, but the former Red Raider insists that he has done nothing wrong.

Stay tuned to CBSSports.com as the Hurricanity Insanity continues in Coral Gables.
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Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 10:52 pm
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

"However, I do believe Mike Leach is a jerk, and I would'nt want to be one of his players. That's something Miami is going to take into great consideration when thinking about hiring him. The players that go to Miami want to kick back and chill. Mike Leach will lock them in a closet if they do that."


Well, mister, I know former players who liked playing for Leach.  Were they always comfortable?  No, because Leach actually makes his team accountable to work ethic.  And according to many testimonies, including Adam James himself, in a court deposition, he was never locked in a closet.

you truly are a moron aren't you?




Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 8:23 pm
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

Randy Shannon was horrible.  Leach would be a great fit in Miami with the athletic ability they recruit on the receiver and running back positions as well as secondary.  No program has put more players in the NFL than Miami, that has decreased since Shannon arrived.  I would hire Leach, and a defensive guru and build a program that cant be stopped like Jimmy did.




Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:52 pm
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

Leach got a raw deal. He didn't put Adam James in a 'closet" which is about 6 feet wide and 10 feet long at best. It wasn't a shed, whicfh is about 6' x 6' up to 10' x 15'. He might have been in something as larger as a one car garage all the way up to a pole barn, which in Texas is probably called a "shed".



Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

LMAO....you just showed your stoopidity.  Congrats!  



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2010 7:23 pm
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

Randy Shannon is a great coach and all of the numbers back it up except wins and losses.  The talent's there at Miami already.  They're closer than some people think.  Leach or Malzahn would turn that offense around real quick.


huskermav--good points.  However, #1--The biggest thing hanging over Leach is his two lawsuits against not only Texas Tech but against the "James Gang".  I firmly believe he will win both, but that leaves other schools nervous (for now).  #2--The current president of Miami--Shalala (sp?) is already on the record as not being "impressed" with Leach from his quote unquote interview from a couple of years ago--when they eventually hired Shannon.  The president/chancellor of the school doesn't need to be best buddies with the HC.  Last time I looked, the most recent home game Miami only had about 30000 in the stands.  As a school, do you want a HC that will sell out the stadium again and put gazillions of dollars into the coffers or do you want a HC that the Chancellor likes? 

The only drawback I see to Leach as a HC for Miami is that he is going to have to hire a DC that can at least keep/make Miami a good (not necessarily great) defensive team.  You don't play college football in particular in the south without a decent defense. 



Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 6:50 pm
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

Mike Leach made Texas Tech into an offensive powerhouse and a brand name. Tommy Tuberville has destroyed that offense, and made the defense even worse. But Tommy will be gone soon, once the next job opens up in the SEC, or he might take the Miami job. Tech needs to hire Dana Holgerson from Oklahoma State. Or do something they would never do, but should have done in the first place---hire back all the fired assistants on offense, but dont hire back Leach or the defensive assistants.

However, I do believe Mike Leach is a jerk, and I would'nt want to be one of his players. That's something Miami is going to take into great consideration when thinking about hiring him. The players that go to Miami want to kick back and chill. Mike Leach will lock them in a closet if they do that.



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 6:38 pm
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

Doormat program huh? I guess that's why Texas Tech is the only school in the history of the Big 12 to be bowl elgible every year since the incpetion of the conference! I guess that's why Texas Tech is the only school in the Big 12 to have never had a losing season since the inception of the Big12. I gues that's why we have the 4th longest consecutive bowl season streak in all of college football. 

For the record... we trail only Ohio State, Florida and Florida State in terms of consecutive seasons of being Bowl Eligible. Get off your lazy butt next time and do some homework before showing the world you're lazy.    



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2010 5:45 pm
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

That post is garbage! (stufrog?)   -----No, it is "about garbage."  Look around, there are others who have said the exact same thing, in different words.  That is how I see it.  I'm sorry that you disagree with it. 




Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 5:43 pm
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

Actually he pretty much dominated A&M the whole time he was there.  I believe his record against Texas A&M was 8-2 (or it may have been 7-3).  Either way it WAS domination.



Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2010 5:40 pm
 

Leach makes pitch for himself as Miami candidate

SMOKINGGUNS,

it sounds like you think that Mike Leach ACTUALLY locked Adamelia James in a shed or closet.  I'm just curious, Where are you getting your information from??  Because all of the sources I am getting my information from pretty much point to the fact that Mike Leach is innocent.  Please enlighten us.



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